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60 Highly Recommended Anime Series Part 2: Mechas and Spaceships

1. Neon Genesis Evangelion

In the year 2015, the Angels, huge, tremendously powerful, alien war machines, appear in Tokyo for the second time. The only hope for mankind’s survival lies in the Evangelion, a humanoid fighting machine developed by Nerv, a special United Nations agency. Capable of withstanding anything the Angels can dish out, the Evangelions’ one drawback lies in the limited number of people able to pilot them. Only a handful of teenagers, all born fourteen years ago, nine months after the Angels first appeared, are able to interface with an Evangelion.

One such teenager is Ikari Shinji, whose father heads the Nerv team that developed and maintains the Evangelions. Thrust into a maelstrom of battles and events that he does not understand, Shinji is forced to plumb the depths of his own inner resources for the courage and strength to not only fight, but to survive, or risk losing everything.
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Re-create Your Favorite Movie Rides with These Awesome Lego Kits

Everyone loves Legos, the instantly recognizable building blocks that can be used to create just about anything your imagination can think up. Since everyone here loves movies (and The Lego Movie, natch), merging Legos and movies sure seems like a brilliant thing. That’s what the guys at Ichiban Toys thought, too – and their hard work will pay off in spades if you’ve been yearning to build some classic-movie vehicles out of Lego blocks. The company has crafted a series of custom Lego kits (not licensed by the block makers) that will allow you to create some of the most iconic vehicles in movie history. With prices ranging from $25 through to the limited edition Vanship (from Last Exile) at $230, there’s something for everyone’s budget. More...

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Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing Part 1 DVD Review

Director: Koichi Chigira,

Starring: Ai Kayano, Carrie Savage, Aki Toyosaki, Jad Saxton, Aoi Yuki, Leah Clark, Chiwa Saito, Kara Edwards, Eri Kitamura, Clarine Harp,

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 12

Last Exile was a highly acclaimed series that I found to be quite lacking. It wasn’t bad, but the hype surrounding it just placed it on a pedestal that was almost impossible to reach. In this spin-off series, set in the same universe, naturally expectations were lowered, which proved to be a huge plus. It must be stressed that the series, Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing, isn’t as good, but it also doesn’t have the surrounding praise. Once again set in the skies, we follow a band of sky-pirates that aren’t the cruel kind of pirates you might expect. In fact, they’re relatively lovely, if perhaps a little opportunistic. However, that’s just a side
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Coming Soon, Bayonetta The Anime

Bayonetta is being adapted into a feature length anime. The news was broken by NeoGAF, which has since been rebroadcasted and elaborated upon by various outlets, including Polygon.

The title is Bayonetta Bloody Fate and it arrives on November 23 at select theaters, for a very limited two week run.

Studio Gonzo is handling production duties. Their body of work includes Last Exile, Speed Grapher, Welcome to the N.H.K., Strike Witches, and Afro Samurai. The man who helmed the latter series, Fuminori Kizaki, is the director here as well.

Here's the trailer:

No plot details as of yet, though the above clearly takes many cues from the first game, so it could be animated retelling of its events. Or perhaps it will serve as a bridge between parts one and two? Maybe we'll see the circumstances behind her haircut.

No word yet on any localization either, though it's perhaps
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Last Exile Complete Season 1 DVD Review

Director: Koichi Chigira,

Starring: Mayumi Asano, Johnny Yong Bosch, Chiwa Saito, Kari Wahlgren, Anna Shiraki, Michelle Ruff, Junko Noda, Joshua Seth, Shinichiro Miki, David Lelyveld

Running Time: 650 minutes

Certificate: 15

Take to the skies in Last Exile, one of the most revered around. If you’re into anime then chances are you’ve seen or at least planned to watch this series, which is often touted in “Best of…” lists. However, you best be sure to like your aerial adventures, as you’ll be spending a long time among the clouds and the birds, a laborious and tedious amount of time.

Claus (Asano/Bosch) and Lavie (Saito/Wahlgren) are two aeronautical messengers that fly around the world of Pester delivering messages. A job made all the more difficult as this is a time of war. One day, when investigating a fellow airship that has crashed they come across a ‘package’ that
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AniMania: X – Complete Series

For some reason, the future always seems to be a few decades away. 1984 was published in 1949. Terminator, which appropriately enough was released in 1984, set 1997 as the date for the apocalyptic “Judgement Day.” It seems strange now, after the turn of the Millennium (which happened rather uneventfully, with little more than an endless repeat of an old Prince song to mark its passing) to look back on things like Mad Max, Y2K, or the still older imaginings of such retro science fiction classics as Fahrenheit 451 or Soylent Green, but for decades, sci-fi imagineers alternated between the chills of gloom and doom and utopian fever.

Anime and manga embraced these themes with series like Akira, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Vampire Hunter D. X 1999 represents Clamp’s foray into the dark future. Perhaps better known for their recent hit sister series, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle and XXXHolic, the all female manga supergroup are
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AniMania: Vandread

In the world of giant mecha and space opera, it’s hard to find anything genuinely new. The genre is so defined, there are few trails left to blaze, and so a new series will most likely develop along one of two routes: it can either ride the coat tails an already established franchise, and present itself as a sequel/prequel/reversioning (the new — and Excellent — Evangelion titles are great example of this), or a show can strive to be a parody, preferably a really Good one, such as Galaxy Angel or Martian Successor Nadesico.

Vandread is in this latter category, and it doesn’t take long (approximately five seconds) to find out that this is space mecha action with a twist — forget aliens or angels, this is boys vs. girls! Men are from Mars, and Women are from Venus, but after decades in deep space, the two don’t
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Ani-Mania: Fma Ova & Rozen Maiden

Fullmetal Alchemist Premium Ova Collection One of the best things about anime is the “omake”, or extras — also known as that stuff at the end of the tape. Long before DVD’s with their menu of special features, in the dark ages of VHS, anime fans were being treated to a smorgasbord of little goodies — from previews to music videos to something as simple as a visual catalog of a company’s other titles — pretty much anything the studio could find to throw on the last few minutes of a video tape. It was one of the things that made anime, well, anime. Lately we’re seeing fewer extras, as the industry and the economy as a whole have been forced to makes some painful cuts to stay alive. But if you’re longing for some of those good old days, not to worry. Funimation is about to release an entire collection of bonus material,
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Ani-Mania: How Do You Afford Your Anime Lifestyle?

It’s been a month now, here at AniMania — a month of ninjas and wolfgirls, of star crossed lovers and hard boiled crime drama — and I realized that I haven’t even stopped to introduce myself. Travis told me when I started writing the column that I could post a short bio, but each week there were more shows, more reviews, more and better things to talk about than yours truly. And with so many new titles coming out, and so many great old series that deserve to have some light shed on them, there always will be. But here at the one month mark, I decided to take a break for this week, and tell you a little about myself, and part of my own descent into utter otaku geek-dom.

For starters, maybe I should explain the term, otaku. Simply put, an “otaku” is an anime fan. And I
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Last Exile Live-Action Adaptation?

Alex from First Showing has posted a concept art for an alleged live-action adaptation of Studio Gonzo’s 2003 Last Exile anime series [Ann]. Since there’s no word about the project on any of the relevant forums and boards that are usually the first to know (and rampage) about planned adaptations, I’d take that with a pinch of salt…

Artwork has been removed at the request of the filmmakers. Last Exile Opening
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Check This Out: Cool Concept Art from The Last Exile Project

An email arrived in my inbox earlier this week with some really cool concept art for a project known only as Last Exile. I did some research and found out that it's a big-budget live-action movie based on a Japanese anime series of the same name. It's a sci-fi kind of action-adventure movie about a young courier pilot and his navigator, and their adventures in the floating world of Prester. From Wikipedia: "In this romantic sky world based on stylized Victorian fashion and society, two countries, Anatoray and Disith are engaged in a long and bloody war under the supervision of the mysterious Guild." Take a look at the concept art below. Photo has been removed at the request of the filmmakers. I was contacted by those who are putting this project together and told to remove the concept art. I'm not sure if that's a good sign or not.
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